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13 Sep 11
Review: The Bomb Strikes series has successfully carved out a niche for itself by providing impressively incendiary mash-ups - the sort that almost guarantee hands-aloft anarchy on dancefloors. On this latest instalment, regular mash-up merchants Moquee and Beat Vandals join forces for two more party-hearty assaults. A-Side "Player" is arguably the pick, fusing elements of Chicago's "Street Player" with oft-used breaks and excerpts from a familiar R&B vocal. Up next, "Shooting" is a messier sounding - but no less playable - mash-up of Roots Manuva's "Witness", hip-hop acapellas and faithfully big beats. Job done... as usual.
28 Mar 11
Played by: Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records)
Review: Mooqee's Bombstrikes series enters its fourth instalment, this time with a little help from Utah Saints and Bombstrikes co-head, Beatvandals. Together, they brilliantly rearrange Sly and the Family Stone's "Thank You" into an entirely new jam on "See Mice Elf", with a plethora of vocal cuts thrown into this party hip-hop melange (including bits of Skee Lo's "I Wish"). "Drilla" again takes choice loops from MJ's "Thriller" and works it into something intense, funky and very cool.
24 Jan 11
Review: The second instalment of A Skillz and Krafty Kuts' collaborative bootleg-style set of edits and mash-ups sees Queen going toe to toe with the acapella from C+C Music Factory's "Do You Wanna Get Funky" on "Another One Bites", while "Flow Banger" rides one of DJ Premier's finest beats - the tightly-looped jazz of Gangstarr's "BYS". With a more subtle, groove-based "Dust Beats Battle Break" also included, these are three party bangers just begging to be rinsed.
05 Dec 11
Played by: Chudy, Manmade / Cmc-Silenta, Zamali, Kid Cholesterol, Hidden Riddim, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Tim Livingstone, Big M Productions (Big M Bootie), Zenit Incompatible, Telephunken, Tosses & Varvez, Hayz
Review: An all-star cast joins Manmade label bosses CMC and Silenta on this breaks-fuelled edition of their Feature Funk series. Their own "Chainsaw Massacre" mixes nu-funk with studio bass, while funky breaks producer Tom Drummond has plenty of fun with both Ray Charles' "Hit The Road Jack" and Salt 'N' Pepa's "What A Man" on "Hit It". German masters Telephunken however steal the show with two new tunes - the Northern Soul/Motown swinger "He Was Really Saying Something" and the slow, head-noddin' "It's A Beautiful Day".
04 Mar 12
Played by: DJ Rudd, Clairvo (Mustbeat), Chudy, Actual Sounds, Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Hidden Riddim, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Tim Livingstone, Dastardly Kuts, Ez Icarus
Review: However many new directions dance music goes in, there will always be a place for simple-but-effective bootleg mash-ups of familiar grooves and hip-hop acapellas. To be fair to the Booty Fruit camp, they do it better than most, offering reworks that balance dancefloor playability with a tasteful approach to production. There's a distinct hip-hop feel throughout, with Roast Beatz's harmonica-laden Beasties booty "Hick Stick" and Livingstone & Conosis' bumpin' "Tuna Salad" - a Charli 2na rework - standing out. Check also the head-nodding disco-skank of El Bomba and Hidden Riddim's "Miss Discoflex".
11 Jun 12
03 Sep 12
Played by: DJ Aka (Funk Moguls), Jayl Funk, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Chamber, Ez Icarus, Basement Freaks, Telephunken, Tosses & Varvez
Review: The Dance Floor Outlaws like to portray themselves as gun-totin' breakbeat cowboys, sneakily giving the law the slip while laying down more highly illicit floor-bating mash-ups. Certainly, their particular brand of party-centric breaks - squeezed full of classic R&B, hip-hop, soul, rock and pop samples, and blessed with suitably gargantuan basslines - falls into the "instant floorfiller" category. Each of the four tracks here hits the spot, though it's the all-action lead cut, "Juke Box", that really resonates.
25 Mar 12
Played by: DJ Rudd, Dan Wilde, Hong Kong Ping Pong, DJ Stex, Chudy, All Good Funk Alliance, Actual Sounds, Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Dastardly Kuts, Stereo Beatz, Basement Freaks, Tosses & Varvez, Jiggyjoe, The Dancefloor Outlaws
Review: Disco and cake... If there's a finer combination, we'll eat our servers. Not just a great name, though - this label knows sample science at a PhD level. That's p for party. Merrier than a man with a 24 pack of premium beer and swag bag of fireworks, this will rock socks off your dancefloor. "Power Boots" fractures Snap's original with nu-funk brutality, "Spinning Wheels" whisks us away on a retro waltz while "Wonderful World" takes Jimmy Cliff to territories he didn't even know existed. Climaxing the package with a rather clever Mighty Boosh sample, this is one sweet cake. Fancy a slice?
06 May 13
Played by: Ez Icarus
Review: Taking Asaf Avidan's emotional exercise in modern day folk and giving it the regal reboot it deserves, Pure SX and Mutant Breakz ensure Hot Cakes' reputation as 'king of bass bootlegs' remains intact with this blistering breakbeat version of "One Day". One sawtooth bassline sizzles over a more elongated distorted low-end lick while the beats swagger and the guitars loop gently in the background. Building gradually, the vocal doesn't really take full presence until the breakdown, causing serious dancefloor meltdown in the process.
14 May 12
Played by: Clairvo (Mustbeat), Busta, Fuzzbox Inc, Bmd, Manmade / Cmc-Silenta, Badboe, Trotter, DJ Aka (Funk Moguls), Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Dastardly Kuts, The Funk Hunters, Ez Icarus, Basement Freaks, Quasamodo
Review: Just weeks have passed since Bombastic Jam let loose with the Basement Freaks remix album and they're up to their antics again with this tremendously funky EP from the Moguls. "Block Rockin" is instant party with a playful vocal chant, a killer electro bassline and some excellently executed use of the six string. "Backfire" struts with a low swung Shaft vibe and a killer sample taken from cult film Kill The Moonlight (which, incidentally, inspired a well-known Beck lyric). "B-Boy" picks up the tempo with a string-drenched disco hook and scratch vocal sample that wouldn't have gone amiss on early Freestylers records. For added badboy thrills, head to the grand finale as Basement Freaks remixes "Block Rockin", giving it just a touch of growl and gristle.
06 Jan 13
Review: Previously spotted laying down beats for the Foreign Beggars, Vato's official hook-up with Lethal B and Donaeo is a match made in electro-grime heaven. While Vato's vibrant riffage still packs a large punch, there's heaps of space for Lethal's aggression and Donaeo's soulful croons. Remix-wise we're spoilt for choice. Most notably Deekline's exclusive-to-Juno booty bass romp. Elsewhere we find Andi Durrant dusting his piano off, Jaxxon preaching in the church of synths, Max NRG getting sprightly on a drumstep riddim, Substantial Error serving up a slo-mo stomp and Skitzofrenix cooking up the dreamiest trap you ever did hear.
29 Jun 12
Played by: DJ Stex, Mr Bird, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Empresarios - El Video Killer, Nappy Riddem, D-Funk, Ez Icarus, Tosses & Varvez, Juno Best Sellers 2012, Monstaphunkaz
Review: Taking Enur's reggeaton romp "Calabria" and making it totally his own thanks to a great horn riff and some swinging beats, Mr Bird delivers yet another serious party piece. It's all about the remixes right here as five different artists add their own interpretation. Chatty takes the classic big beat route with a groove so funky it would make Freddy Fresh blush. Joe Revells adds more hip-hop sensibility complete with some cool chops and added bottom end. Bossy Ride's Moombahsplash drops the tempo for a more contemporary club stomp. Dan Wilde delivers the most DJ-friendly version with extended beats and some cool arrangement while Flint & Steel add the most stark reversion with added synths, a slamming dancehall riddim and a some rather vicious bass en route. Drop this and you'll be the talk of the town!
20 Oct 09
02 Apr 13
Played by: Chudy, Zamali, Voodoocuts, Jayl Funk, Justin Johnson, Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues, Killer Funk Records Usa, Morlack, Essex Groove
Review: Once again Honkey Phonk's label boss Jayl Funk takes a backseat to let his roster shine, this time on a split-single. First up in Berlin-dwelling Voodoocuts, with a pulsating slice of brass and bass duelling, classic funk. On the proverbial flip is Morlack with a killer 'Bootsy goes hip-hop' electro-boogie workout.
10 May 13
Played by: DJ Sarah Giggle
07 May 13
14 May 12
Played by: Pimpsoul, DJ Rudd, Busta, Fuzzbox Inc, Badboe, Neon Steve, DJ Aka (Funk Moguls), Mooqee, Funk Ferret, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Juno Recommends Drum & Bass, Dastardly Kuts, DJ Axe, The Funk Hunters, Basement Freaks, Jiggyjoe, Radical Mixtape
Review: If you're after cheeky, rump-shaking breaks heaviness with a dash of old skool charm and more than a few familiar samples, you could do worse than check out the ongoing Bomb Strikes series. This split EP showcases more material designed to induce jumping-around and other dancefloor silliness. Pimpsoul delivers just that in the shape of "Rock You", a funky kick-up-the-pants disguised as a slick house/breaks/disco mash-up. Neon Steve goes jungle on his epic wobble-a-thon "Blindside", while Bryx wobbles and stomps his way through a bro-step version of Ninja Tune fave "The Terrorist". Heavy? You bet!
29 Jun 12
02 Nov 12
Played by: Clairvo (Mustbeat), DJ Stex, Manmade / Cmc-Silenta, Badboe, Actual Sounds, Rory Hoy, Morlack, Ez Icarus, Tosses & Varvez, Tulioxi
Review: Take a look at this label's history. They've released more compilations this year than we've eaten hot meals. And we LOVE hot meals at Juno. What's more; they've all been solid collections too. Shifty booty-business, sample-soaked party pieces and hip-hop-flavoured block-bashing joints, Actual Sounds have the nu funk scene locked down. Highlights abound across the 24-strong set but only a sucker would miss out on Badboe's filtered funk attack on NYC-kicking hip-hop ("Hercules 12"), Jazz K Lipa's ragga dance skank "Take Easy & Surf The Volume" and Pulp Fusion's slinky, sexy lounge-lizard "Manu's Groove". Here's to the next compilation!
25 Apr 13
14 Jan 13
Played by: Goodgroove Records, Jakpot, Fort Knox Five, Chudy, Manmade / Cmc-Silenta, DJ Aka (Funk Moguls), Mooqee, Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Tim Livingstone, The Funk Hunters, Ez Icarus, Tosses & Varvez, Mr Doris, Funk And Filth, Mo' Matic
Review: Not already checked out Featurecast's album? Go and sit on the naughty chair and really think about the booty-shaking, rump-wriggling time you've missed out on. Done? Good... Now come and get up to speed with this impeccable remix set. JPOD takes the raw vocal soul stomper "Soul Children" into sexy boogie pastures, B-Side adds a hip-hop swagger to the riff-heavy "Jump", CMC and Silenta get all retrofunky on "Got That Fire", Dreadsquad turn "Get Lovely" into an authentic dub joint and Featurecast finishes the set with his own technicolour D&B remix of "Ego Tripping". What a package!
29 Aug 11
Played by: Turntill
Review: A pair of collaborations between two of Bombstrikes' leading lights, this pair of cut 'n' paste mash-ups sees Mooquee and Beatvandals marry the Jackson 5 with Kool Keith over a driven bassline on "Back Up", while an Al Green-esque '70s soul sample acts as the basis of "Rock Y'all" - with a weight of acapella shots and hefty drums thrown into the mix on this rollercoaster ride.
18 Feb 11
Review: This batch of Beatvandals floor fillers initially surfaced 7 years ago on wax and has been long deleted on the format. It finally gets a digital release as a 3 track download which gathers the vocals and rhythms of the first lady of freaked out hip hop, a certain infamous rock band who just called it quits, the Bussa Bus and even a Toots tried & trusted classic all to be reworked with Beatvandals mash up treatment .It ultimately delivers a fun release that is basically a no brainer for a packed dancefloor.
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16 Jul 12
Played by: DJ Rudd, Hong Kong Ping Pong, Actual Sounds, Hidden Riddim, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Tim Livingstone, Quincy Jointz, The Funk Hunters, Rory Hoy
Review: The second in Booty Fruit's "Proper Produce" series sees four new funk-propelled mash ups hitting the virtual shelves this week. Among the highlights, Beastie Boys fans will certainly appreciate El Bomba & Hidden Riddim's "Dr Fluteski", which uses the same sample source as the NYC legends' "Flute Loop", while The Allergies give Blueboy's "Remember Me" an '80s soul rerub.
20 Aug 12
Played by: DJ Rudd, Clairvo (Mustbeat), Bmd, Chudy, Trotter, Actual Sounds, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, DJ Axe, Telephunken
Review: What in fresh hell is going on at Tru Funk Towers? Barely six weeks have passed since they gave us the 10-track strong Volume 1 and already we're looking down the barrel of eight more serious funk nuggets! Featuring some of the label's favourite faces we see the likes of mainstay Chudy rub shoulders with DJ Kid Stretch with party-starting glee. The former causes spine-tingle meltdown with his Aeroplane level of synth lushness on "See You Soon" while the latter gets jiggy with a classic Deborah Cox vocal and some full strength bass riffage. That's just two of eight; do you need any more convincing?
31 Aug 12
Played by: Clairvo (Mustbeat), Roast Beatz, DJ Stex, Jayl Funk, Actual Sounds, Hidden Riddim, Tim Livingstone, Chamber, Ez Icarus, Tosses & Varvez, Mr Doris
Review: Whatever you think of the artistic merits of bootleg mash-ups, they remain an integral part of DJ culture. What's more, these cheeky mash-ups often do more damage on dancefloors than the original material. This EP from the Booty Fruit camp - the third installment in the popular Proper Produce series - features four more bespoke bootleg jams destined to cause maximum dancefloor pleasure. There's a studied tastefulness to the lazy hip-hop reggae of DJ Maars' "Come Dancing", while the boom bap hip-hop funk of Prince Pimms and General Tack's "Bad Influence" is so expertly crafted it sounds like an original production. There's a tasty, sophisticated skank to Livingston and Canosis' "Hold It Down", while the fat beats of Cris Crucial's "Like Dis" casually steer clear of silliness.
20 May 13
06 Feb 13
Review: The Dirty Dubster crew return with a bumper seventh volume of their ragga party jams, and true to form, they mash up ragga with other contemporary styles with considerable style. F-Block's "Jah Bone" combines all manner of echo-laden dub guitar with filthy dubstep bass, while Wood N Soo's "Smoke 2 Joints" is a contemporary update on The Toyes' classic, filling it with rolling snares and powerful low end. Subtifuge's "Love 4 U" is a slightly more skanking effort, with rolling D&B rhythms completely at odds with its laid back mood, while DJ Tzinas' "Wicked" combines a horn sectiona and tropical acoustic guitar with some serious dub airhorn - big stuff all round!
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29 Mar 11
Played by: DJ Stex, Chudy, Trotter, Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Morlack, Stereo Beatz, Rhythm People, Tosses & Varvez
Review: Essential house party business here on Boogie Boutique, with a split EP from Morlack and Itchy Bastards that includes a free track. Morlack drops four vocal-led jams - namely "White Shake", "Back In Love", "Ying Yang Pulp" and the freebie, "Lively Up Yourself" - all of which are positively dropping with insouciant funk and boogie breaks flavour. The magnificently monikered Itchy Bastards drop a brace of tracks, with the slick guitar riffage and cut-up rhythms of "I'm Hot" alongside the tougher filtered disco-funk strut of "Itchy Brick". We challenge you to listen to this EP and not smile!
10 Dec 12
Played by: Spinforth, Bmd, Fort Knox Five, Badboe, Trotter, Jayl Funk, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, The Funk Hunters, Basement Freaks, Telephunken, Tosses & Varvez
Review: Treading the fine line between authentic old school homage while offering something original is a hard challenge... Thankfully Basement Freaks and Timothy Wisdom have nailed it. Conjuring up the spirit of Two Live Crew, Young MC and Sugar Hill, Timothy delivers with true clarity and character over BF's superfly slap-bass riff. It's a match made in funk heaven. The remix line-up is more than healthy with all styles catered. Highlights include the percussion ripples on Jayl Funk's re-rub and the smoochy sonics on Slynk's deeper remake.
05 Apr 13
Review: Last seen lurking on the label's cracking Pump Up The Funk collection, Devellis returns with his first full EP in a long, long time. Littered with samples and very cool grooves, the whole EP is a doozy but here's a few more details in case you're undecided; "High Freedom" is a summer-stunned block rocker with more sneaky hip-hop vox than a Compton recording booth. "Over & Under", meanwhile, takes a more laid back jazzier approach with a rap that doesn't sound too far away from Method Man. "Ryder Classic" takes us to a more authentic early 70s funk club and makes us swing until we're dazzled and dizzy while "Turtle Love" blends the Beasties with Daft Punk and whole series of lush horns. Ace.
20 Feb 09
14 Jan 13
Played by: Ez Icarus
Review: You might say "Ganjaman" is a smoking riddim. And not only would you be funny... You'd be bang on the money: this is one seriously well executed piece of breakbeat, just like they used to make in the early noughties when the sound first emerged. Palpitating bass, beefy kicks and sirens galore, Rubi Dan's toasting is the icing on the cake. "Renegade" is equally authentic. With a smidgeon of garage charm on the wobbly underbelly, and some kicking old school stabs to boot, this is sure to rock your floor.
17 Aug 12